Punch-Drunk Love (2002)

Paul Thomas Anderson’s 2002 romantic drama, much like his previous films, was shot largely around the Valley, north of Los Angeles, where the filmmaker grew up.  However, some key sequences also took place in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The film begins at Eckhart Auto Body in Chatsworth, CA, where Barry, played by Adam Sandler, houses his offices.

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LOCATION: 10101 Canoga Ave., Chatsworth, CA 91311

The view when Lena, played by Emily Watson, approaches and introduces herself.

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Standing at the driveway, looking to your left out onto Canoga Ave., you’ll see the spot where the car crashes at the beginning of the film.

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At the driveway entrance is where the harpsichord is dropped off.

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Perhaps the film’s most iconic location and the one immortalized on the movie poster is far away from Southern California, on the beaches of Waikiki, Hawaii.  The Royal Hawaiian Hotel is where Adam Sandler and Emily Watson embrace for their kiss, with the backdrop of Waikiki behind them.  Despite being a fairly upscale resort, access to the lobby is easily available to the general public.  If you’re coming from Kalakaua Ave., the hotel is behind a large shopping plaza and housed on the beaches, right next to the Sheraton.  Entry from the beach is also possible.  Just make your way to the Mai Tai Bar of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel (same address as the hotel itself, only facing on the beach), which is where Barry and Lena enjoy a meal together in the film, with the band singing and the beautiful Diamond Head peak in the background at sunset.  From there you can easily see and enter the hotel lobby where the pair kiss.  We’ve opted to exclude photos of the Mai Tar Bar here, because the layout has changed a bit from how it appeared in the film.  There is no band performing at the real beach restaurant, in case you had your hopes up for that.  It was added by the production.  Just do a quick google search if you’re looking for pictures of Diamond Head, Waikiki Beach or the Mai Tai Bar (just make sure it’s the Royal Hawaiian one, as Honolulu has a couple other bars by the same name).

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LOCATION: Royal Hawaiian Hotel, 2259 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu, HI 96815

Back in California, Barry and Lana have dinner at this table at Le Petit Chateau in North Hollywood.  The specific table can be found through the main entrance, on the opposite side of the wall.  There is a painting and plaque on the wall above the center of the table.

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LOCATION: Le Petit Chateau, 4615 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91602

Barry excuses himself to the bathroom, where he quickly proceeds to destroy it, after Lana repeats an embarrassing story about him that his sister told her.  The scene really was filmed inside the actual restaurant’s bathroom, which has changed only slightly since filming.

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Barry is confronted by a staff member here and subsequently gets kicked out of the restaurant for destroying their bathroom.

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Barry and Lana make their way out of the restaurant through this entrance way.

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The couple then walks out of the restaurant, which is seen in a night shot.

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Elsewhere in the the Valley, in Sherman Oaks, you’ll find Barry’s apartment.

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LOCATION: 14926 Moorpark St., Sherman Oaks 91403

The reverse view out onto Moorpark St. is where Philip Seymour Hoffman’s thugs crash into Barry and Lana’s car.

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Last, but not least, we leave you with a quick shot of Paul Thomas Anderson and Adam Sandler discussing the film.

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Dog The Bounty Hunter

A bit removed from the touristy beaches of Honolulu, on the outskirts of downtown, you could find the HQ of Dog The Bounty Hunter.  The offices and front window remained nearly identical to how they appeared on the show until January 2019, when new owners purchased the building. It is sadly now set for demolition and redevelopment.

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LOCATION: 1381 Queen Emma St, Honolulu, HI 96813

Literally right around the corner, just a few steps down on Vineyard St, you could find the Dog the Bounty Hunter gift shop, which housed more Dog apparel than you knew existed. This too closed in January 2019 and is set for demolition.

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LOCATION: 203 S Vineyard St, Honolulu, HI 96813

The Descendants (2011)

Most of Alexander Payne’s 2011 film, The Descendants, was shot around the island of Oahu, Hawaii, although some filming did take place on Kauai and the Big Island.

Matt King, played by George Clooney, lives at this house, tucked away in the Nu’uanu neighborhood of Honolulu.  The house is not fully visible from the street.  You’ll need to walk down a little, unmarked road (connected with Gartley Place) that leads to a few houses, in order to get a clear view.  The Descendants house is the first on the left and the one closest to Old Pali Road.

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LOCATION: 3849 Old Pali Road, Honolulu, HI, 96817

Located just down the street from the above house is the corner where George Clooney frantically runs in his sandals over to his friends’ house, The Mitchells, after hearing of some distressing news.

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LOCATION: The fork in the road of Old Pali Road / Nu’uanu Pali Dr., Honolulu, HI, 96817

The Mitchell’s house.  The view, again, is slightly obstructed from the road, due to the many trees and plants on the property.

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LOCATION: 155 Dowsett Ave., Honolulu, HI 96817

The goat seen in the film, Poppy, is a real goat that actually lives at the location.  It is still alive and well today.

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Brian Speer’s house.

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LOCATION: 4328 Papu Circle, Honolulu, HI, 96816

The island of Oahu is beautiful, with many amazing sights to see.  Most of these film locations are tucked away from the more touristy areas of Honolulu.  One upside, due to the island being so small, is that all of these locations are pretty close to one another and can be visited in a short span of time, as not to distract you too much from the other amazing sights the island has to offer.